British Compressed Gases Association
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|Legal status||Non-profit company|
|Purpose||Compressed gas (industrial gases) in the United Kingdom|
|Membership||Around 70 companies|
|Chief Executive||Doug Thornton|
|Main organ||BCGA Council|
|Affiliations||European Industrial Gas Association (EIGA), Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (UKLPG), Association of Welding Distributors (AWD), Compressed Gas Association (CGA)|
It was formed in August 1971, succeeding the British Acetylene Association, which was formed in 1901.
It represents companies that make, supply or distribute industrial gases in the UK, or sell related compression equipment. Use of these gases can be very dangerous due to the low temperatures of the products, and high pressures of the gas when released, and hence the organisation is involved in regulation and laws for use of compressed gases. Compressed hydrocarbon gases (liquefied petroleum gas and dissolved acetylene) also have the danger of exploding, due to the high flammability of the gases.
It represents the compressed gas industry with safety standards organisations such as the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), BSI Group and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
It does not represent companies involved in pneumatics. It holds its annual conference in April.
It is based in the west of Derby, just off the A52.
- The Linde Group (former BOC - British Oxygen Company)
- Air Products & Chemicals
- Air Liquide UK